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ALL INDIA ESSAY WRITING EVENT 2012
An Invitation to the Youth
With great joy and hope we invite you once again to participate in the All-India Essay Writing Event 2012! This prestigious annual event is a collaborative effort of the United Nations Information Centre for India and Bhutan [UNIC] and Shri Ram Chandra Mission [SRCM] – a non-profit, educational and spiritual service organisation – to celebrate the International Day of Youth observed on the 12th of August every year. Both organisations are dedicated to the creation of a peaceful human society founded upon love and harmony, and they believe that this can best be achieved by the inculcation of moral and spiritual values in the younger generation whom YOU represent, and in whom lies the hope of a better tomorrow. Your willingness to participate in this event is, to us, a symbolic expression of your concern for the state of our world and your recognition of the crucial role that youth must play in the creation of a new world inhabited by capable and balanced individuals. Therefore, as in past years, we once again urge YOU to apply your mind and search your heart as you pen down your personal understanding of these topics.
The All-India Essay Writing Event is an initiative of the Shri Ram Chandra Mission (SRCM), . The event is organised each year in numerous educational institutions across the country. There are two categories of participation, and students have the freedom to express themselves in the following languages: English, Hindi and Telugu.
Participation is open to two categories:
• Category 1 is for students of classes 9 to 12. To participate under this category you need to go through your school. When the Essay Writing Event is announced in your school, get in touch with the teacher in charge of the event. Please ensure that you have the correct topic for your category and that the description of the topic is exactly the same as on the brochure. Obtain a copy of the Participant Information Slip which is to be completed by you and attached securely to the essay that you submit to your institution. In case your school is not participating in the Essay Writing Event and you wish to do so, you may get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org, giving your name, address and contact number.
• Category 2 is for those attending an Under Graduate or Post Graduate program in any educational institution. If you wish to participate under this category, you need to get in touch with the coordinator for your institution. In case the details of the coordinator are not available or you are unable to get in touch with the concerned person, mail a request to us at email@example.com with the address of your institution. Before submitting the essay, please ensure that the completed Participant Information Slip is securely attached to it.
If you are not enrolled with an institution for study or have opted for a distance learning course/program, you are also eligible to participate, provided you are 28 years of age or younger as of 31 August 2012. You need to write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, giving your name, postal address and telephone number/s. We will direct you to our designated representative for your area with whom you can coordinate your participation. Please get in touch with us in sufficient time to enable you to submit your essay to our designated representative before the due date (31 August 2012).
The topics for 2012 are:
Category 1 [Classes 9 through 12]
Begin to be now what you will be hereafter.
Category 2 [UG and PG]
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
In the section on the topics in the brochure, we have noted some points under each topic, titled “Something to think about”. These are only pointers to help you understand the topic and evoke a thought process. These points do not summarise the topic.
The specific rules and guidelines for writing the essay, common to both categories of participants, are contained in the brochure under the section, “Rules and Guidelines”. Please go through these carefully before starting to write the essay.
We are also making available to our participants the criteria on which the essays will be evaluated. We hope this will help you understand what we expect from an essay produced for this event.
It is sincerely hoped that your experience of writing the essay for this event is both enjoyable and educative.